Another issue I have with the wall is the assimilation of BlueFlames' base. Although BlueFlames has not been on in a while, this does not give you the right to surround his base and claim the land as part of trashmania.
The claim is a in-joke between me and BF. I'm not really claiming anything, just being in-character.
Now, from inside the domes one even can't see the wall, so it's not a view problem.
Whether the wall is attractive or not is probably the least of my concerns given the fact that you have intentionally encapsulated another member's land with to the best of my knowledge no permission to do so.
If Blueflames is fine with it, sure go ahead, but I don't believe that this level of expansion is nessacary.
I actually have talked wiht BF about encircling his domes with a wall, altough it was all jokes and giggles. I never thought he'd mind.
Irony is, if I pushed my wall away from the lake, then the wall would have to be even bigger, hence even more expanding..Guess that would make me look even worse.
Normally I'm not opposed to tearing stuff of changing it if it bothers someone, but I put so much time into the thing that it does bother me
I can ssure you that the wall is not going to be expanding anyomore, in any direction. In fact, It might get smaller, as I may have to tear down some sections to appease the angry crowds.
Since I've been brought up, I should probably enter the dialogue.
A) Yes, your wall is visible from the domes. After all this internet-drama about it started, I decided to pop onto the server to see it first hand. I expected I'd have to do a bit of traveling. I didn't. It's visible from all of the domes, in fact, in both the northern and southern lakes.
B) I don't recall any out-of-character discussion between us about a wall, especially not one this enormous, encompassing those lakes. The only in-character discussion we had involved me objecting to your expansionism. I'm not really sure how this was interpreted as, "BF won't mind!"
When I joined the server, I deliberately looked for an out-of-the-way location in which to work. I did so, first and foremost, because I did not want to interfere with other peoples' constructions. I was actually quite mortified, when I discovered DarkRevenantX's mountain home nearby, because I thought I was far enough out-of-the-way to avoid any danger of stepping on anybody's toes. Fortunately, our build efforts were isolated enough to avoid any intersection, and the southern town never expanded in my direction, probably due to the rough terrain between there and the lakes.
The other reason I built so far afield (and sought to minimize my own above-ground footprint for the longest time) is because Minecraft
generates some pretty beautiful vistas. Say what you will about the 16x16 textures on all of the blocks, seeing the sun rise over the distant mountains and set behind a forest is a pretty marvelous sight. Now, I don't get to see that, on account of a flat-gray wall towering over the largest terrain elements and surrounding me on three sides.
If you'll take some constructive criticism, Trashman, the trouble with the wall's design is primarily its height. It's out of proportion with everything in its environment. You compare it to The Great Wall of China. The Great Wall of China flows with the environment, rolling over the hills, almost like a stream of stone. By contrast, your wall towers over and lances through the hills and mountains in its path. It's apparent that to you, the terrain was an obstacle to be overcome, rather than an aesthetic consideration. If your wall was a quarter of its current height and rolled with the hills (instead of skewering them), it would look a lot better and might aleviate most of the objections you've been receiving about its presence.
Unrelated note to Qaz and/or RHX: Lightning strikes pass through transparent blocks, like water and glass. This has resulted in a lot of the woodwork (floors and furniture) inside my underwater, glass domes to get toasted. Buildings with large skylights may also be vulnerable. I have ample resources with which to make repairs, when I make a proper return to the server, but in the same vein as Creeper explosions, you might want to look into disabling lightning strikes/thunderstorms.
Further unrelated note to Qaz and/or RHX: 1.8 will see a significant change to the way chunks are generated, on par with the Halloween Update from last year. Perhaps a fresh start on a new world will be in order, after the update? In addition to giving us a world free of a pre-1.8-post-1.8 border, it would also serve to hit the reset button on the territorialism and politics that has been developing over the summer. Just a thought.